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Dogtrack can increase ante

The Florida House and Senate did agree on a gambling agreement with the Seminoles. One benefactor of the agreement, if it’s signed by Gov. Crist, is the Pensacola Greyhound Track.

Poker rooms at pari-mutuel facilities will get expanded hours and larger table limits. Daily hours of operation for card rooms are extended from 12 hours to 18 hours, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. The bill authorizes No-limit Poker, including removal of wager limits for traditional poker and removal of buy-in limits for Texas-Hold-em.

According to one political analyst, the Legislature left the door open for pari-mutuels to expand their gaming operations with “historic racing machines” or “electronic bingo games”.